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Robbie Savage set for Wales return

Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage will end his international retirement and make himself available for selection by new Wales manager Gary Speed.

The 36-year-old quit international football back in 2005 after a bust up with the then Welsh manager John Toshack. However, following Speed’s appointment on Tuesday, Savage made it clear that he would be available for international duty.

‘I have said I am available and if Gary thinks it's the right thing for me to come back, then I will do,’ Savage told reporters today.

‘I am a passionate Welshman and I loved playing for them. Of course I would play for Wales again, if asked.’

The Derby skipper continued: ‘I have done well for Derby County in the Championship. Gary has been involved in the Championship with Sheffield United in the last two or three seasons and has seen how I have been playing.’

‘But I know he won't pick people for the sake of giving his old mates a last hurrah. He is a man who commands respect for what he's done on the pitch and for his football knowledge.’

According to reports Savage won’t be the only player asked to come out of international retirement with the new Welsh manager also set to speak to veteran midfielders Ryan Giggs and Simon Davies.

Speed’s first game in charge of Wales will be against the Republic of Ireland in the inaugural Carling Nations Cup.

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